Dahlia

Dahlia 'Karma Choc' ®

Dahlia - Dahlia  'Karma Choc' ®

Common Name: Dahlia
Genus: Dahlia
Cultivar: 'Karma Choc' ®

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Bronze, GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

The combination of the near-black dark red flowers and the bronze-flushed foliage is a winner. The flowers which keep appearing throughout the summer (especially if you keep picking them for the vase) are chocolate-scented and look like velvet - really plush and lovely. Plant it with other late summer bloomers with rich purple and plum coloured flowers. It also makes a wonderful contrast to silvery tones.

  • Garden care: Provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Once the first frosts of autumn have blackened the foliage, carefully lift and clean the tubers and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Place the dry tubers in a shallow tray just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite. Store in a frost-free place, checking frequently over the winter months.


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